Year 9 History: Stand-Alone Resources

Modern History: Stand-Alone Resources


The following resources can be used either as Miscellaneous homework / extension activities or as stand-alone lesson units in themselves.

1. ActiveHistory Mysteries [Interactive]
A series of engaging "Historical Mysteries" designed to develop skills of question formulation, deduction, research, groupwork and essay writing. Using a range of visual and written "clues", students piece together a genuine historical mystery and work towards an independent conclusion. Worksheets and markschemes included.

The Worst Jobs in History: Victorian
This activity can be used as a stand-alone lesson, homework assignment or as part of a broader unit on "Was life Good or Bad during this particular period?". The worksheet has basic activities for a 30 minute lesson, and extension tasks that could be followed up later.
3. "Timeline of my Birthday" - worksheet
Replace [DATE GOES HERE] with the month / day of your birthday (e.g. “November 30th”).
Go to and input your birthday. It will provide a list of events, births and deaths that took place across a wide range of time on the day you were born.
Select AT LEAST FIVE of these entries to put into your timeline, following these rules:
            a. At least one ‘event’, one ‘birth’ and one ‘death’ must be included
            b. No more than one entry in each row (=century)
            c. Put a picture relating to this entry in a cell next to it, with a caption.
Complete the final row with information about yourself.
4. George III / George IV: A stand-alone worksheet designed to develop understanding of censorship and propaganda.  
5. Kings and Queens: Charles I to George II
Learn about these monarchs interactively!
6. Death on the Railways
A sourcework investigation.
7. Victorian Life - spotting anachronism
Students use Encarta to spot the anachronisms contained in the account.
8. Children in the factories - detecting bias
Students edit and analyse a primary source document in order detect bias.
9. The Amazing Animated Steam machines
A worksheet and lesson plan to accompany the excellent resource at the BBC site.
10 Slavery and Civil Rights
Timeline quiz, followed by a structured Internet Investigation.  
11. Social Conditions: Local History Study
The Bilston Cholera Epidemic
A complete project pack for a 5-hour unit.


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